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PostSubject: Me old ute!   Fri Jun 14, 2013 3:51 am

G'day fellars and sheilas.

Thought I'd post up some random bits to do with my beloved XH Longreach ute that I have slowly been "pimping" out ha ha. As she sits right now, she is a standard 4.0 with a 5 speed and a 2 1/2" Cat back exhaust, sounds real nice! Almost finished doing an entire EF Falcon dash board and centre console conversion with EL wiring, EA Fairmont Ghia carpets to replace the factory rubber floor, it's now got an NL Fairlane instrument cluster and a trip computer, fixed up the cruise control and air-con so they work again, it's wearing an AU 2 Leather wrapped steering wheel and custom leather gear boot and some other sweet little bits. Also I have a NL Climate control module laying about somewhere that I want to put into it, but that's a bloody big job, so that can wait for now lol

Been a few problems with some of the mods I have done to her, like the NL Fairlane instrument cluster. That was a real headache putting a High series Falcon ODO into a Low series Falcon, it physically fits just fine, but we had to make our own custom wiring plug for it as the wreckers wanted over $100 for a genuine NL plug lol, and also the NL's feature variably dimming instrument cluster lights, which the low series don't, so had some fun adding and destroying resistors to allow the cluster to dim at a high and low setting, instead of variably. But got that all worked out now and it's really nice!

I also had issues with the pedal box shearing the clutch leg off, but that's all fixed again now. Here are some pics:



Dashboard is out and prepping for the EF dashboard conversion (was a nightmare with the wiring!)



Pic of the clutch leg shearing off the pedal box





Before (EL Falcon instrument cluster)



After (NL Fairlane instrument cluster) (Not my km's either - EEPROM reprogramming happening soon)

 


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PostSubject: Re: Me old ute!   Fri Jun 14, 2013 3:57 am

Here is a pic of the dashboard in place, but missing lots of plastics still

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PostSubject: Re: Me old ute!   Fri Jun 14, 2013 4:00 am

It's getting some "Futura" spec options as well now. I managed to score the Futura style center console power window panel with buttons from a local wrecking yard as a freebie, now sourcing some aftermarket power window regulators so I can remove the manual wind up - because as you can see in this picture, the passenger has to open the door to wind the windows down :/ Also thinking about swapping over the door cards to EF Style ones so they match the dash - but that's a job for another day
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PostSubject: Re: Me old ute!   Fri Jun 14, 2013 4:12 am

Some more pics

Cruise buttons





Dash is all finished up, with all the plastics in place :)Looks great I think!



The Futura buttons I scored as a freebie!



High Series Falcon Trip Computer



This was the aftermath of ONE of the resistors we tried inline with the cluster dimming issue I had with the High Series ODO from the NL - It's all sorted out now thank gawd!

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PostSubject: Re: Me old ute!   Fri Jun 14, 2013 4:14 am

More pics to come :)Thanks for taking the time to read this, but from now on i'll be continuing the "XH Pimping" on another section of this site.

Thanks guys

**Oh forgot to mention - the entire dashboard swap project which included the dashboard itself, centre console, custom leather gear boot, NL instrument cluster, several resistors, heat shrink, solder and wiring cost me about $50 - and I did all the work with the help of a mate who worked for Jack Daniels in the front yard of his two bedroom flat ha ha ha

Oh and it now has a NL Fairlane velvet lined glove box for added pimp


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